“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.”
-1 Timothy 4:15 (NIV)
If you’re anything like me, you don’t usually complete your new year’s resolution. If you’re like me, you don’t even remember what last year’s resolution was at this point. But that doesn’t mean that making resolutions is pointless.
For most of us, we see the new year as a new start. We vow that we are going to live our best lives and get better by eating healthier, exercising more, losing weight, reading our bible more, drinking less coffee, getting rid of whatever thing we think is holding us back from being the best version of ourself.
Really, the only thing between you and a better you is yourself. Ever heard the saying, “you are your own worst enemy”?
The hardest part about new years resolution isn’t making the resolution. It’s sticking to it when after a month, you don’t know if there’s been any progress. That’s when the devil starts whispering in your ear, telling you lies. Saying there’s no point, it’s not working, you might as well give up. There’s always next year.
But a fact of life: Eventually, there won’t be a next year. So why put it off? If you keep it up long enough, you’ll see the results. And if not? If it’s a good enough habit to be a new year’s resolution, then it’s probably a good habit to have in life anyway, visible results or not.
The trick is starting small. Make it manageable. Don’t be so general you don’t know what you’re really aiming for. Be specific. Know exactly what you’re aiming for and stick to it. If it’s what God has planned for you, He will help you every step of the way. And why wouldn’t he? He wants you to be the best you, too.
Happy New Year and have a blessed week!